Certified Addiction Counselor Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Certified Addiction Counselors in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $35K per year. The bottom of the pay range sits near $24K, and the top verges on $49K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Certified Addiction Counselors (67 percent) who took the survey are women. Nearly one in three of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the greater part report medical coverage and close to one-half claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Certified Addiction Counselors. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$25,054 - $47,874
(Median)
$25K
$35K
$48K
MEDIAN: $35,292
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$10.86 - $24.55
(Median)
$11
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$25,054 - $47,874  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $203.47  
Profit Sharing
$125.00  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,099 - $48,802  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 89
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.86 - $24.55  
   
Overtime
$14.19 - $49.32  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $203.47  
   
Profit Sharing
$125.00  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$24,099 - $48,802  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 81
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Job Description for Certified Addiction Counselor

  • Provide evaluations, interventions, and individual and group therapy to clients experiencing chemical abuse or chemical dependency.
  • Maintain case history and progress notes while observing their patients.
  • Counsel individuals or groups and implements therapeutic treatment plans to resolve addictions to drugs or alcohol.

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Certified Addiction Counselors note just a narrow range of job skills. Group Therapy and Counseling are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Group Therapy is a skill commonly found among those who know Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Addiction Counselor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $34K. It's worth noting that people with five to 10 years of experience report bringing in less at around $33K on average. Certified Addiction Counselors see a median salary of $37K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $44K.

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Experience Affects Certified Addiction Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Certified Addiction Counselor Salaries

Group Therapy
up arrow 7%

National Average
$35,000

Counseling
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
medical benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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